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Chariots for Apollo: The NASA History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft to 1969 (Dover Books on Astronomy) Paperback – March 26, 2009

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  • Series: Dover Books on Astronomy
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486467562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486467566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing, this book is a reprint of a classic NASA-sponsored history of the development of the lunar spacecraft. Originally published in 1979 in the NASA History Series, the authors of "Chariots for Apollo" describe their efforts accurately in their preface (p. xviii) as beginning "with the creation of NASA itself and with the definition of a manned space flight program to follow Mercury. It ends with Apollo 11, when America attained its goal of the 1960s, landing the first men on the moon and returning them to the earth. The focal points of this story are the spacecraft--the command and service modules and the lunar module."

When it first appeared, "Chariots for Apollo" received a warm welcome from the scholarly community. The reviewer in "Tech¬nology and Culture," July 1980, said that the work "is certain to become a standard reference for all who examine the American manned space program....As historians have come to expect from the NASA history program, the book is meticu¬lously researched in primary and secondary sources." In Isis, December 1980, reviewer I.B. Holley had these words of praise for "Chariots for Apollo" and other works in the NASA History Series: "If this is court history, it is very good court history." Based on exhaustive documentary and secondary research in addition to 341 interviews, this well-written volume covers well the design, development, testing, evaluation, and operational use of the Apollo spacecraft through July 1969.

Having been out of print for many years Dover Books and the NASA History Division is to be commended for making it available in paperback once again. The book has been available on-line at NASA for many years: [...] The information is available via the internet, but for those of us who appreciate the book as a method of conveying knowledge, having this book back in print is a boon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Statham on May 9, 2010
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Courtney G. Brooks and team did a masterful job on this work, which was commissioned by NASA and released in 1979 (ten years after Apollo 11) and re-issued by Dover in 2009. Brooks, Grimwood and Swinson focused on different aspects of this very complex project, reaching way back into the early 1960's.

Prepare yourself to have some myths busted, and some old ideas shaken up a bit. These guys may have been working for NASA when they wrote it, but they did it right, not pulling any punches for the myriad of mistakes by the engineers and managers.

It's easy for us to look backwards today and say, "Well of course we were going to do it!", but let's get real-- when the idea of even putting men in Earth orbit was relatively new, the engineers at a very new NASA were talking about putting men on the moon, exploring it's surface, and returning-- and doing so within ten years. And they pulled it off in spite of some very tough setbacks and public pressure.

The race to the moon (against the USSR) and the cold war were very closely tied together. NASA had not only technical challenges to overcome, but they had to do it through the administrations of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon-- four administrations, two parties and a congress that changed every year, and during a very costly and controversial war in Southeast Asia. ("No bucks, no Buck Rogers.")

Now having said that, I have an autographed copy of this book, because I serve in the Civil Air Patrol with the lead author, Dr. Courney G. Brooks, who happens to be a very nice guy, an accomplished pilot and instructor as well as having a PhD in Aviation History. (His team was contracted by NASA to write the book, which is in the public domain. He gets no royalties.
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By david adams on March 27, 2015
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Amazing stories from behind the scenes. Shows what a miracle was pulled off!
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A thrilling read!
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